The Russian Federation intends to send more than ten Sukhoi Su-27SM and Su-30m2 to Belbek airfield near Sevastopol, occupied Crimea the next week. The Ministry of Defense of Russia stated this, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
According to the information, on December 22, 2018, more than 10 Su-27SM and Su-30m2 fighter aircraft of the 4th Army Fighter Regiment of the Air Force and Air Defense will fly from the Krymsk airfield in the Krasnodar Krai, Russia to Crimea.
The Ministry reminded that the construction works at the airfield were started in the spring of the current year.
The construction of first priority objects is completed already: a new runway with a length of 3450 meters, taxiways and aircraft parking lots and a special purpose site, which makes it possible to carry out scheduled flights and flights of military aircraft around the clock under different weather conditions.
As it was reported earlier, President of Russia Vladimir Putin once more visited the annexed Crimea on November 25. In particular, the President visited Yalta where he conducted “An expended meeting of the Presidium of the State Council”.
Crimea was annexed by Russia by way of the illegal referendum that was held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.
On October 7, 2015, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. Western countries have introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denied the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."